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The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 April 1953 (Italy)
Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Collier Young (screenplay), Ida Lupino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Roy Collins
Frank Lovejoy ... Gilbert Bowen
William Talman ... Emmett Myers
José Torvay ... Captain Alvarado (as Jose Torvay)
Sam Hayes ... Radio Broadcaster
Wendell Niles Wendell Niles ... Wendell Niles (as Wendel Niles)
Jean Del Val ... Inspector General
Clark Howat ... Government Agent
Natividad Vacío ... Jose (as Natividad Vacio)
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Storyline

Two friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland. The hostages hope to stay alive long enough to escape or be rescued by Mexican authorities. Written by duke1029

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) tells the little girl in the store "Vaya usted con Diós", he tells Myers (William Talman) that he told her "Go you with God, little one". In fact, what he told her was simply "Go with God". The word "usted", meaning "you", is silent; it is not translated into English. And the words "little one" were not uttered at all, in either Spanish or English. See more »

Quotes

Emmett Myers: I had a watch like this once when I was 17. Nobody gave it to me. I just took it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the true story of a man and a gun and a car. The gun belonged to the man. The car might have been yours-or that young couple across the aisle. What you will see in the next seventy minutes could have happened to you. For the facts are actual. See more »

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Violin Concerto No 2 in E Minor, Op 64--Andante
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
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Forget The Hitcher...
1 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

...THE HITCH-HIKER is the original, '50s-made hitchhiking nightmare film. It's a straightforward three-hander in which a couple of buddies (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) are accosted by a manic serial killer (William Talman), who forces them to drive him to Mexico in order for him to escape the authorities.

This is a low budget, black and white suspense thriller that has more tension in it than a dozen recent movies. The low budget works in its favour, with tight camera angles making for a claustrophobic viewing experience. Actress Ida Lupino certainly knows what she's doing behind the camera as she rarely puts a foot wrong here: the pacing is exact and the performances are excellent.

While O'Brien and Lovejoy ground the movie playing the two protagonists, but in reality this is Talman's turn. He gives a pitch perfect turn as the creepy villain, one that would pave the way for later screen psychos like Robert Mitchum's character in NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Talman's acting is the stuff of brilliance, and he alone makes the film worth watching. The rest of it is the icing on the cake.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1953 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Persuader See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Pine, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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